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Thursday, Feb. 23
Men's basketball at University of New Orleans
7:45 p.m.
New Orleans

Women's basketball at University of New Orleans
5:30 p.m.
New Orleans

Friday, Feb. 24
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball at University of Texas-San Antonio
6 p.m.
San Antonio

Softball vs. Middle Tennessee State University
11 a.m.
Mobile, Alabama

Tennis at University of Texas at Arlington
2 p.m.
Arlington

Saturday, Feb. 25
Baseball at University of Texas-San Antonio
2 p.m.
San Antonio

Men's basketball at University of Central Arkansas
6:30 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

Softball at University of South Alabama
7 p.m.
Mobile, Alabama

Softball vs. Tennessee Technological University
4:30 p.m.
Mobile, Alabama

Tennis vs. New Mexico State University
11 a.m.
Arlington

Women's basketball at University of Central Arkansas
4 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

Sunday, Feb. 26
Baseball at University of Texas-San Antonio
1 p.m.
San Antonio

Softball vs. Tennessee Technological University
12:30 p.m.
Mobile, Alabama


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Accounting students offering free tax-preparation services

It’s tax season, and SFA students enrolled in the Rusche College of Business’ Schlief School of Accountancy are performing free tax-preparation services for community members at Goodwill in downtown Nacogdoches.

The school partnered with Goodwill to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic for qualified individuals — those whose annual income is $54,000 or less, people with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers. Students will be providing the tax services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3, 24 and 31 and April 7.
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First STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series to take place next week

Organized by SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics and the STEM Research and Learning Center, the February STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Math Building, Lecture Room 101.

The series seeks to provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics students an outlet for gaining collegiate and real-world knowledge regarding their respective fields. The series also aims to ultimately connect students with STEM professionals and provide a behind-the-scenes look into their future careers.

A business or industry professional and an SFA STEM student will co-present during each month’s event. Business or industry speakers will share why their particular background in STEM is important to their company or organization. STEM students will share how and why they became interested in their STEM discipline, what drew them to SFA and what they look forward to as they enter into their careers.

The February featured student speaker will be Sam Jentsch, dual computer science and mathematics major, who expects to work at Google post-graduation. The industry leader is Adam Schlesinger, who leads numerous projects at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

For more information, contact Kim Carmona, project coordinator in SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics, at (936) 468-5197.

Nacogdoches Film Festival to take place this weekend

The sixth annual Nacogdoches Film Festival, a celebration of the art and entertainment of film in all its forms, will take place this weekend beginning tomorrow through Sunday, Feb. 26, in downtown Nacogdoches, on campus and other venues in town.

Funds raised by the festival help provide scholarships to film students in SFA’s College of Fine Arts, and also provide financial assistance to the annual SFA Summer Feature Film Production.

This year’s event includes a star-studded lineup of featured guests, including Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Al Reinert, who wrote the screenplay for Apollo 13.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Fourth university-wide campus reading session to take place today

All faculty and staff members who registered to receive a copy of the selected campus reading, “The Undergraduate Experience,” are invited to attend the fourth university-wide session at 3 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

This session will be very important as attendees will assist in creating concrete proposals for changes at SFA. The proposals will be based on ideas within the campus reading that received the greatest support during the three previous sessions.

Attendees will be able to work in groups on ideas they are most interested in. Proposals will be passed on to SFA vice presidents who will respond to ideas at a fifth and final plenary session Wednesday, March 29.

All readers are welcome to attend the session, regardless of whether or not they attended previous sessions.

Preregister for the session here. For more information, contact Megan Weatherly, instructional designer, at (936) 468-1735.

Athletics


Softball drops first game in Mississippi, achieves shutout in second

SFA’s softball team traveled Wednesday for a two-game series against the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Game one started with a hot bat from SFA senior Brittany Lewis, but things got out of hand for the Ladyjacks when the Golden Eagles claimed two three-run innings to steal the game, 6-2.

SFA regrouped for the second game and earned its first shut-out of the season, 5-0.
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Day one complete for track and field teams at Southland Conference Championships

SFA’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams both currently sit in third place after Wednesday's beginning day of competition at the Southland Conference Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

SFA senior Shelby Pesek eclipsed her personal record for the 5,000-meter run with a second-place finish of 17:11.26. Teammate senior Mary Luster set a new personal record by shaving 32 seconds off her previous run by crossing the line at 17:18.16.
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Ladyjacks traveling to New Orleans for final road trip of the season

SFA’s women's basketball team is beginning its last road trip of the season as it travels for a 5:30 p.m. match-up against the University of New Orleans tonight.

The Ladyjacks have remained in fourth-place in Southland Conference standings. Despite being 11-3 in conference, the Ladyjacks continually score high, averaging 76.6 points per game.
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Lumberjacks to battle University of New Orleans tonight

Second-place SFA men’s basketball team is traveling southeast for a 7:45 p.m. showdown tonight against conference-leading University of New Orleans inside Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Fans can tune their FM radio dials to Q107.7 in the Nacogdoches area, or head to q1077.com or the TuneIn app on Apple and Android devices to hear Rob Meyers and Tyler DePascal broadcast the game.
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Fine Arts

Upshaw family photo project becomes traveling exhibition

Photographs of the Upshaw family of Nacogdoches County taken by Texas photographer Richard Orton are now in the form of a traveling exhibition to be shown in galleries, museums and community centers.

Orton’s book “The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family” is a documentation of the community’s history through photographs and oral histories of the families who lived there. Orton became acquainted with the Upshaw family, which had lived for decades in the northwest Nacogdoches County community of County Line, in the late 1980s and began taking photographs for this project, which evolved into a book that was published by the University of North Texas Press in 2014 after 25 years of preparation.

John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA, and Chris Talbot, director of SFA's School of Art, discussed the possibility of turning Orton’s photo project into a traveling exhibition. After a number of art venues, including universities, expressed interest, the show was printed, framed and prepared for touring.
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Peeps — you either love them or you hate them. If you're a fan of the fluffy marshmallow treats and happen to like Oreos as well, you might be interested in knowing a dessert combining the two will be in stores soon.

Oreo is planning to release a limited edition cookie containing marshmallow Peeps flavored cream just in time for Easter. Click here to read more.

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